The Chobolobo Mansion and Country Estate were built in the early 1800’s. The Country House is located in the center of a 10 hectare piece of land and lies in the suburb of Saliña, which is a salt plain. The first epilogue of the property’s history is still partly shrouded in mystery, but we do know that the country house never had any other use than to serve as a country retreat for the wealthy city people (whereas most landhuizen were used as plantation houses for agricultural purposes or salt). It is said that the mansion was, at one point, owned by a free slave. At that time it was named Chobolobo, which likely has an Indian meaning.
We do know that in the early 1900’s it belonged to the family Jesurun – who in 1947 – sold the property to N.V. Senior & Co. Since then Landhuis Chobolobo has become the home of the world famous Genuine Curaçao Liqueur. Landhuis Chobolobo consists of 2 stories with a saddle roof without dormer windows. The ground floor is square. The first floor is L-shaped. This ‘missing’ corner has a pent above the kitchen.
Landhuis Chobolobo has a couple of nicknames:
A visit to small scale Curacao Liqueur Distillery is a journey through local history. You will learn all about the Senior Liquers and enjoy the taste sush as it is produced since 1896. Enjoy a cocktail in historic surroundings in the cozy courtyard, try locally made ice cream of indulge delicious Caribbean food. Inside the mansion, you will find a gift store, which offers a wide selection of Senior liqueur products and original Curacao souvernirs.
Shortly after the discovery of the island in 1499 the Spaniards planned for, amongst others, the agricultural development of Curaçao. One of the plants they carried with care on their long sea voyages from Spain was the so-called “Valencia” orange. But the sizzling sun and arid climate were too much for the colorful sweet oranges and the trees were left to whither in the wild as their fruit evolved into a bitter reflection of its former glory. And it was not till decades later that someone discovered that the peels of this orange, thoroughly dried by the sun, contained etheric oils with an extraordinary pleasing fragrance. By this time, the stepchild of the Valencia orange had received its own botanical name: “Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis”, meaning “Golden Orange of Curaçao”. In the local tongue simply named “Laraha”.
In 1896, Edgar Senior, founded Senior & Co., sharing his family’s recipe for orange liqueur with the world for the first time and the company hasn’t slowed down since. Until today the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur by Senior & Co is the only liqueur that is made of the peels of the “Laraha”. Senior Liqueur produces premium Triple Sec, Blue Curaçao and a variety of other specialty liqueurs. The family Senior & Co. produces its liqueur in the famous Landhuis Chobolobo, since 1947. All the liqueurs are Kosher certified, which means all products are gluten-free, GMO-free and held to strict, clean and pure, production standards.
Blue Curaçao is definitely one of the most famous liqueurs in the world and used in many cocktails. Landhuis Chobolobo, a 19th-century historic mansion, is the Home of the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur and one of the few freely accessible country houses in Curaçao.
You can do the self-explanatory tour and you will have a great time. But the guided tour offers more immersive experience. one of our tour gides takes you on a journey and provides in-depth knowledge. You will then enjoy one of the signature cocktails of your choosing made, of course, with Senior Liqueurs.
Landhuis Chobolobo is located in Salina, which is close to downtown Willemstad and combines perfectly with a visit to the historic city. You can also visit on your way to, of from, the beach. You can get there by car, taxi or bus. Most sightseeing tours offered at hotels, also Chobolobo in their route.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm. Entrance is free and you can also taste a selection of the fine liqueurs for free. Open to all ages and fun for the whole family. Click here to visit their website